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The Resurgence of Live Music

The article below has been adapted from a piece I wrote for The Developing Artist three years ago. Since the article was written, the trends toward live performance seem only to have increased, so I felt the topic was worth revisiting, with a few adaptations made to account for current trends. If you are an independent musician, it’s definitely important for you to take live performance seriously. Enjoy!   Many, […]


It Might Not Be a Good Time to Catch Rihanna Live Right Now

Even as “Stay” and others of her hits continue to dominate the charts and airwaves, the reports coming from the road have not been kind to Rihanna. Billboard reports that the pop songstress was booed onstage recently during her appearance in Adelaide, Australia, after showing up nearly an hour and a half late. The singer acknowledged her tardiness only briefly, but offered no apology. “I’m finally here. It takes me forever to […]


Cirque du Soleil Acrobat Dies after Falling During Performance

Some tragic news over the weekend: a high-wire performer fell to her death Saturday night toward the end of the performance of Cirque du Soleil’s “Ka” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as reported by the Las Vegas Sun. Paris-born Sarah Guyard-Guillot, 31, had been an acrobatic performer since childhood. According to reports, the wire suspending her apparently gave way as she was being hoisted up during the show’s […]


Improving Performance: Tips for Interacting With Your Audience

Here’s another nugget from the “Polishing Your Performance” series of posts on The Developing Artist, this time about live performance and interacting with your audience. No matter how good you are in the studio, most DIY musicians today rely heavily on live shows to get their name out there and to build a following. You can’t phone this in, or your audience will notice and won’t take you seriously. Hopefully, […]


Improving Your Stage Presence (part 2)

Below is the conclusion of a two-part series that first appeared on The Developing Artist about improving stage presence. In this piece, I try to give some specific examples of good (and bad) onstage behavior, with tips to help you connect better with your audience when playing live. Enjoy! In the previous post in this series, we started to talk about what stage presence is, how it makes a difference in […]